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Crayon Colors

People have a fascination with the colors on crayons.  There are collectors that try and collect every possible color named.  Over the years, crayon manufacturers have come up with an astounding number of names to call their crayon colors.  Many of the colors are simply alias names of another color they already produce; used for specific functions, themes or events.  While I’ve taken effort to list as many known colors as possible, I haven’t bothered to differentiate slight naming changes that some collectors recognize.  For example, I don’t distinguish between an all upper case name and one that has mixed case or all lower case.  I also don’t distinguish or recognize crayons with a number associated with the color.  While it is printed on there, it was merely a reference back to a list either on a box or for the manufacturer to reference to.  While it does represent a “difference”, it isn’t really part of the true name of the color.  There are some exceptions that use a number though.  Colors have several attributes.  There is the named color (which I list in this section), the apparent color (the color the crayon looks before using it) and the lay down color (the color when applied to paper).  Over the years, the apparent and lay down colors have changed on some crayons while the name might continue to stay the same.  Collectors can get immersed into the minutia of variations of what was what and what something became.  I will not attempt to try and reconcile everything to do with colors here.  I’m simply providing this list for curiosity and research for those interested or those wishing to collect.

Many colors have arbitrary names used to describe the color of the crayon.  But not all colors were necessarily named so arbitrarily.  Many of the colors in a box of crayons came from The Federal Standard; a color system of the highest quality. It is the official color guide used by all United States government and military agencies to procure paint, among other things.  There are over 500 colors listed in the Standard and it has been used since the beginning of crayon production.

One of the most controversial colors in a box of crayons was “Flesh” or sometimes called “Flesh Tint”.  Many have suggested that the color described is not appropriate to represent flesh because there are so many skin tones needed.  What they fail to understand is that the color wasn’t meant to represent a person’s pigment; that is infinitely variable among races and individuals.  Instead, “Flesh” roughly represents the color of one’s palms, which doesn’t vary among races.  When pigment is removed from human skin (think Vitaligo) the color remaining is “Flesh” and it is very uniform in color.  Still, judgements from the uninformed were enough to cause companies like Crayola to change their name for the sake of political correctness.  Other industries continue to use “Flesh Tint” to this day.

I’ve broken this up into specific pages for the alphabet for brevity on a single web page.  Simply click on the letter above to get a list of colors starting with that letter.

Here is the breakdown on the number of colors: 1,629 different colors

A-55, B-161, C-135, D-67, E-39, F-47, G-93, H-31, I-27, J-21, K-19, L-78, M-159, N-24, O-47, P-150, Q-1, R-85, S-186, T-79, U-20, V-40, W-43, X-0, Y-17, Z-2, Nbr-3



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